Thursday, June 14, 2012

Lory Park, I take a walk on the wild side...


It had been about 10 years since I last visited this animal sanctuary in Midrand, near Johannesburg. 
 
This Meekat was keen to pose as I entered...

My first port of call was to this delightful baby Ocelot...the toy fascinated him and each time I threw it, it would be returned to me...  

My fingers and shoe laces were also a source of enjoyment 

Lying less than a meter from this Cheetah was a special experience. 

Yet another cat chewing on my fingers... 

For a moment I thought I would have to explain to my insurance company how my lens got damaged...but no actual harm was done.
A big "THANK YOU" to George for getting me through all the animal encounters unscathed.

My first time with a snake...and it was gentle... 

But snake speak with forked tongue and I was not unhappy to had it back 

Only to have it replaced by this...my tattoo is "Gratitude" and I certainly was for not getting bitten. 

The Cockatoos and parrots in the aviary spend the whole day with a radio for company and that means that they have a great vocabulary...

Cute but with large beaks that can hurt... 

Inside the enclosure with about seven Giant Eagle Owls... 

I would never have thought of petting a Porcupine, but Spike was a joy to be with...

Even though visitors can have the opportunity to interact with some of the animals, you have to remember at all times that they are wild and can be unpredictable. 

Take a look at the claws on this Lion...I certainly was glad that there was a fence between us.


Having a quiet drink after a snack... 

This is probably the largest lion I have ever seen...
 
A good looking boy, and he knew it...

Tigers are known not to like humans and this female was intent on proving that point. 

This pair were content to stay at the rear of their enclosure... 

This leopard was certainly NOT happy with me taking photographs...

 
From cats to birds...of which there are many species in the Park.

I almost stumbled over this Iguana while looking at the birds inside the large aviary... 

This Schalow's Turaco followed me around the aviary and barked like a dog when I refused to interact. 

Once again my fingers were in the firing line...

There are a variety of hornbill species.

This is an Andean Condor 

Another Hornbill 

A Kookaburra from Australia

A Bald Eagle from the USA 

An African Fish Eagle... 

What is it about birds eyes that remind me of reptiles... 

Yet another Hornbill...they seemed to be everywhere! 

This is a Black Breasted Snake Eagle...who was very keen to pose for me... 

Each enclosure is clearly marked. 

There is a food shop with seating, however there are also braai areas.

"I like to move it, move it"...clearly not the case for this ringtailed lemur!

Come and chill with us at Lory Park...one of Johannesburg's best kept secrets!

To find out more about this wonderful facility, visit their website at  www.lorypark.co.za/
See also: http://www.davidbatzofin.com/2012/06/up-close-and-personal-at-lory-park.html

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